New Year’s Resolution eBooks

Now that the holidays are over, your thoughts may be turning towards that anticipated (and sometimes dreaded) New Year’s Resolution. Your local public library has a large selection of books and DVDs on diet and exercise but I wanted to highlight a few eBooks from our 3M Cloud Library collection: The Paleo Diet is more popular than ever. Here are some titles to inspire you:

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Living Paleo for Dummies by Melissa Joulwan

Paleo Cookbook for Dummies by Kellyann Petrucci Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry by Elana Amsterdam

Going Vegetarian? These titles will help you started:

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Green For Life by Victoria Boutenko Living Vegan for Dummies by Alexandra Jamieson The $5 a Meal College Vegetarian Cookbook by Nicole Cormier Food and Healing by Annemarie Colbin

Peruse these titles if you want to get up off the couch and start moving, but remember reading about exercise isn’t the same as doing it!

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You Are Your Own Gym by Mark Lauren

Making the Cut: The 30-Day Diet and Fitness Plan for the Strongest, Sexiest You by Jillian Michaels

Anatomy for Runners by Jay Dicharry Stretching for Dummies by LaReine Chabut

Are you new to eBooks? Then visit our website for help with the 3M Cloud Library and all of Pinal County’s digital products. Good luck with whatever you decide to tackle in 2015! Post by Shirley, Outreach Librarian, Pinal County Library District


National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) 2014


November is National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo.
Librarians are great advocates and participants of this challenge because it supports our goals of literacy, a love of creative fiction & reading, and it’s just plain fun!

Below you’ll find a compilation of NaNoWriMo resources, as well as a number of other helpful links to get you started on the path toward writing your novel.
Pinal County residents will find noteworthy the links to locally-oriented web forums, events, and meet-ups.

NaNoWriMo Resources

 Writing Resources

We Recommend… Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little

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by Elizabeth Little

Dear Daughter is the first novel by Elizabeth Little, and it definitely hits the mark.  It opens with the release of Janie Jenkins on a technicality after ten years in prison for killing her mother.  Did she do it?  She really can’t remember, but what little she does remember from that night causes her to doubt her own guilt, and go on a search for the real murderer.  Not that she got along with her mother, but … could she have killed her?  Add to all of this the fact that she is a celebrity living in Beverly Hills, so when she gets out of prison, everyone is looking for her, some want to kill her, almost everyone still thinks she was guilty of her mother’s murder.  So Janie sets off on her search, in disguise, and tells no one where she is going.  She discovers her mother’s background and in the process makes many more discoveries about who her mother was, and who she is, herself.  She is funny, and determined and a very resourceful character.  The story has many twists and turns and by the end, there is one last surprise.  This is an engrossing mystery that many will find hard to put down.

Post by Eileen Jaffe, Pinal County Library District Cataloger 

We Recommend…. the Amelia Peabody Series

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by Elizabeth Peters

If you’re like me, sometimes you like to re-read old favorites. Right now I’m re-reading the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters. These  historical mystery novels are set in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Egypt and focus on the exploits of Amelia Peabody and her archaeologist husband Emerson. Elizabeth Peters was a pen name for archaeologist Barbara Mertz so not only will you be reading a witty and entertaining mystery but you will learn a lot about the monuments, people, and culture of Egypt. She also wrote a companion book to the series, “Amelia Peabody’s Egypt: A Compendium,” which is full of old photos, anecdotes, and additional information about the region.

It’s best to begin with first book in the series, “Crocodile on the Sandbank.” For the most part, the books were written and published in chronological order however two were out of sequence. Having read the series in both publication and chronological order, I can tell you that both reading orders work equally well and make little difference in the development of the storyline or characters. Barbara Mertz died on August 8, 2013 and, as far as I can determine, there will be no more books in this series. This quote, which was posted on her website after her death, is particularly meaningful after having read the series:

“In the end the clouds will blow away and the falcon will fly through the portal of the dawn.”
– The Falcon at the Portal

The Amelia Peabody series is available in a variety of formats including large print, audiobook and eBook. The “Crocodile on the Sandbank” audiobook is also available for download through OneClickDigital audio books.

On the Web:
Author’s Website
Publisher’s Website
Series – in Publication Order
Series – in Chronological Order

Author Bio

To find similar titles, try NoveList Plus.

You can find more information about Elizabeth Peters in the Gale database, “Books & Authors“.

Post by Shirley, Pinal County Library District Outreach Librarian

We Recommend… How Jesus Became God by Bart D. Ehrman

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By Bart D. Ehrman

Have you ever asked yourself just how did Jesus become God? I admit this isn’t something I’ve thought much about but I became increasingly fascinated by the question as Professor Ehrman lead me through the various paths to divinity that were commonly present in the ancient world.  According to Booklist, “Ehrman writes very personally, especially in the beginning, and this approach draws the reader into a subject that is littered with curves and contradictions… This fascinating discussion will engage—and provoke—a wide audience.” I agree with this assessment. The book is both well written and well documented yet is completely accessible to the average person.

Book Reviews:
Harper Collins
Catholic Answers
The Catholic Humanist

On the Web:
Author’s Website
Excerpt on NPR

Post by Shirley, Pinal County Library District Outreach Librarian

We Recommend… The Last Policeman

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By Ben H. Winters

The Last Policeman is the first book in a pre-apocalyptic trilogy. Detective Hank Palace is a newly appointed detective trying to solve a murder against incredible odds. Palace is confronted with some hard questions as, in the course of his investigation, he runs into plenty of obstacles and a lot of unexpected twists and turns. Discover magazine calls his book “darkly intriguing” and I completely agree. This novel will appeal to mystery readers who appreciate a good police procedural as well as fans of apocalyptic literature. And it will also appeal to those who enjoy pondering some of life’s deeper questions such as “What is the meaning of Life?” and “What would I do?” This book is sure to start a lively conversation and would be a great book club read.

Reading Guides:
Quirk Books
Includes Reader’s Group Guide, Excerpt and Book Trailer & Book Groupies’ Bucket List

Other reviews:

On the Web:
Author’s website

Post by Shirley, Pinal County Library District Outreach Librarian

Summer Reading Fun in Pinal County!

Well it’s back to school time, but we’re proud to say the libraries in Pinal County made this summer memorable! View our summer slideshow, and learn more about libraries around the county here:

Upcoming Library Closure for Remodeling

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The Coolidge Public Library will be temporarily closed for new flooring from:
07/31/2014 (Computers unavailable at 10am/Doors locked at 2pm) – 8/11/2014.

Library will resume normal business hours on August 12th.

Drop Boxes will be available to return items, however no items will be due during this closure.

New Statewide Research Databases!

On July 1, 2014 the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, in partnership with the county library districts, was pleased to announce its selection of informational databases for public libraries. This collection contains 27 sites intended to assist library patrons in a variety of areas, including homework help, online learning, hobbies, and reference. 

Below you will find links to slideshow and video tutorials on how to use this new collection of research products. 

Gale Cengage Learning Collection
Below you’ll find the Gale package of research databases listed with both their Gale Cengage Learning “On Demand Tutorial” linked, and a tutorial video from one of their official YouTube channels. Browse all the Gale Cengage Learning YouTube channels to discover more:

Academic OneFile

Biography in Context

Books & Authors

Business Insights: Essentials

Business Insights: Global

Career Transitions

Chilton Library

Gale Genealogy Connect

Gale LegalForms

Global Issues in Context

Kids InfoBits

Literature Resource Center

Opposing Viewpoints in Context


Powerspeak Languages

Science in Context

Student Resources in Context

Testing & Education Reference Center

U.S. History in Context

World History in Context

Other Arizona State Library Databases


Britannica Library

Learning Express Library

NoveList Plus

Reference USA

PCLD will be demonstrating 3D Printing at local libraries

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“Come one, come all to see the Magic Box! Watch objects materialize before your very eyes!”

It may seem like magic, or something out of Star Trek, but materializing objects are very real with 3D printing technology!

In his 2013 State of the Union Address President Barack Obama said, “3-D printing has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything”.

Indeed, 3D Printing is a fascinating technology which will impact how we manufacture everything from everyday objects, art, and even artificial limbs!

Do you want to see a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer in action? Come see a live, free demonstration!

FREE Demonstrations*:

June 13th, 1:00pm – Arizona City Community Library

June 17th, 1:00pm – Eloy Santa Cruz Library

June 23rd, 2:00pm – Vista Grande Library

June 25th, 12:30pm (Adult Lunch & Learn) – North School Multipurpose Room 351 N. Arizona Blvd. Coolidge

June 25th, 3:00pm (Tween/Teen program) – Coolidge Public Library

June 26th, 2:00pm (Kids) – Superior Public Library

June 26th, 6:00pm (Teens/Adults) – Superior Public Library

July 8th, 3:30pm – Eloy Santa Cruz Library

July 10th, 2:00pm – Maricopa Public Library

July 15th, 3:00pm – Mammoth Public Library

*all demonstrations during Summer Reading programs unless otherwise indicated

If you’d like to learn more about Pinal County’s 3D printing programming, follow them on Facebook or Twitter. You can confirm all demonstration dates on the Pinal County Library District’s Event Calendar.